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    Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    I have been trying to get help installing WUSB54GC. I was close to finding the answer. But I decided to try Hardy in place of Gutsy. Surprise, surprise...IT WORKED immediately. However, every time I want to connect I have to go to system>administration>network and re-enter my password.

    I can enter my password and this activates my connection. But, as soon as I close the windows where I entered the password, the password changes.

    In other words, I enter a password (in this case, "xxxxx"). It shows up as 5 black dots. I can close the window and then immediately reopen it and my password now shows up as the entire text box being filled with black circles. Now, if I disconnect I must re-enter the password and I will have a connection but if I reopen the password window the password will be glitched again.

    How can I stablize my password?

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    Red face Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    I'm not alone then, have exactly the same problem.
    Running Hardy RC on Hp Compaq 6910P with Intel wireless card.

    If anyone has a solution I'll be more than happy.
    Otherwise I'm not having any problems at all with my installation, so far

    /TwinStinger

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    What is the RC in Hardy rc?

    Well, I think its this friday that the stable Hardy comes out. Maybe that will fix our problem. Then again, maybe stable hardy will not run my adapter. Its always something.

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    Interesting, my problem is it won't remember that it's WPA2 -- it keeps the SSID and password ok but I have to go in and change it from WPA to WPA2 every time I boot.

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    Your password isn't being changed. The number of characters is being masked. For example - you enter a user name and password to log in - but if you checked the file (/etc/shadow) you will find your user name along with a long string of characters. I doubt you are entering a 26 char password. This is the hash output of your password. In the same way the number of characters you enter for your wireless connection is being munged.

    As to why your connection drops and you have to re-enter your password...

    I'm having the same problem with Gutsy

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    My router is an Belkin54g. My adapter which I have to keep entering the password on is a WUSB54GC. My other pc with a Trendnet adapter card does not have this problem.

    Is the password nessessary? I mean, I configured the system with the password. Now, because of this problem I tried to delete the password. I was told that I MUST configure the system to use a password.

    Is there a way around this?
    Hmmmmmm......

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    Is the whole purpose of this password to protect the network from unauthorized usage and thus requires re-entering every time? Or if this password SHOULD NOT require re-entering every time, what is its purpose? This is not the password required to change my network settings.

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    Is this the password used to connect to your ISP?

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    Sounds to me like your system (assuming a laptop) is not playing nice with the USB adapter. You may want to check it is compatible with Linux.

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    Re: Working wireless but network setting password unstable

    I had to go back and read up on how to configure this stuff so I could remember what it all means. So many passwords and codes and keys and configuration stuff with computers it sometimes overloads my brain.

    The problematic password is actually the encryption key or security code.

    So, I reconfigured the Belkin router so that the security feature was disabled instead of set to WPA.

    Next, I reconfigured the Trendnet adapter in my windows computer so that the security feature was disabled.

    So far so good. They connected.

    Next, I tried to reconfigure the WUSB54GC adapter in my Linux computer to have the security feature turned off. Dang!!! There is no "disabled" option. It appears that the security feature is required. I'll have to go read up on this. It doesn't make sense that I can not turn off the encryption mode. Does it to you?

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